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Moominvalley reveals voice cast

The new animated series starring the Moomins, Moominvalley, has unveiled its voice cast. Animated in what the studio is describing as “cutting-edge 2D/3D hybrid technique, where characters are rendered in 3D in an environment with some 2D illustrative or painterly elements,” the series is due out in spring 2019.

Here’s voice cast:

  • Moominmamma – Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, A United Kingdom, An Education)
  • Moominpappa – Matt Berry (The IT Crowd, Toast of London, The Philanthropist)
  • Moomintroll – Taron Egerton (Kingsman, Eddie the Eagle, Testament of Youth)
  • Snorkmaiden – Akiya Henry (Bing, Bottersnikes and Gumble, Noddy in Toyland)
  • Sniff – Warwick Davis (Harry Potter, Star Wars, Life’s Too Short)
  • Little My – Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl, A Royal Night Out, Carrie Pilby)
  • Snufkin – Edvin Endre (Eddie the Eagle, Vikings, Nameja gredzens)
  • Ninny – Mayumi Kawai
  • Teety-Woo – Matt Lucas (Bridesmaids, Doctor Who, Little Britain)
  • Too-Ticky – Katie Leung (Harry Potter)
  • Misabel – Rebecca Root (The Danish Girl, Boy Meets Girl)
  • Mymble – Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous, French and Saunders, Shrek)
  • Emma the Stage Rat – Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey, Pride & Prejudice)
  • Hemulen (Female) – Susie Brann (American McGee’s Alice)
  • Hemulen (Male) – Joe Wilkinson (Rovers, Miranda, Him & Her)
  • Mrs Fillyjonk – Kate Winslet (Titanic, Revolutionary Road, The Reader)
  • The Muskrat – Will Self (Shooting Stars, author of Phone and Sky Arts drama The Minor
  • The Ghost – Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd, presenter of Travel Man & Crystal Maze)

Moominvalley will be directed by Steve Box, who previously worked on Wallace and Gromit. He will be joined on the writing team by Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler. Virpi Immonen, Pekka Kuusisto and Samuli Kosminen are creating music for the series. The series is produced by Gutsy Animation, who is based in Moomins’ creator Tove Jansson’s hometown of Helsinki, Finland, in association with Yle Drama with the full co-operation of Moomins Characters, the company run by Jansson’s family.

In the United Kingdom, Moominvalley will air on Sky One. In Finland, public broadcaster YLE has picked up the series. Moominvalley will consist of two 13×22 minute episode seasons. The protagonist of the series is Moomintroll, who is curious, kind, sensitive and idealistic. He is a typical hero in a coming-of-age story: he tries to tackle the puzzle of growing up to his true, individualistic self while remaining a beloved part of the family.

The series is the result of a pitch Gutsy Animations took to Indiegogo last year. The campaign asked for $200,000 to help the team develop the show’s visual style, which the crew are aiming to stick true to Jansson’s art. By the end of its run in April 2017, they had raised over $250,000.

Tove Jansson published Moomins novels, comics strips and picture books between 1945 and 1993. Her work has inspired countless earlier animated adaptations from all across the world, with the most recent original production being 2014’s Finnish-French film co-production Moomins on the Riviera. Last December, the stop-motion animated Moomins and the Winter Wonderland premiered across Europe. The film was a remastered compilation of episodes from the 1977-1982 The Moomins TV series with new audio recorded. The film was the third in a series of compilations, following 2008’s Moomin and Midsummer Madness and 2010’s Moomins and the Comet Chase.

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